Welcome to the Creative Entrepreneurs Club (CEC). CEC is an online community and resource hub run by The Future Economy Company.
Your CEC account
You need to create an account with us in order to access some of our services. Here are a few rules about accounts with us.
Be honest when completing your profile
It’s against the rules to impersonate someone else or claim to be from a company you don’t belong to.
Within your profile, we ask some questions about your learning needs and your business stage/size. We use this information to design services to meet your needs so the more accurate you are the better we can meet your needs
Do not pick an offensive name for your account
It’s best to use your own name for your account so that people can relate to you personally, however it is ok to use a company name if you want to share the account within your company.
It is not ok to use a name that is offensive, vulgar, or not yours to use.
Choose a secure password
Your account security is your responsibility and you are responsible for any activity that happens on it. Choose a secure password and if you have to share it, only share it with those you trust.
Your community responsibility
Connecting, upskilling & empowering creative entrepreneurs is at the heart of what we do. CEC members use community spaces to find inspiration, share knowledge, discuss ideas, and build relationships that help them grow their businesses.
CEC needs to be a place that’s safe, welcoming, and respectful; you agree to the following rules when interacting with other members on the site or in group meetups.
Be mindful of privacy. Don’t share private or personally identifying information in public areas of the site.
Be respectful towards other members and, when in doubt, lead with kindness, assume best intentions and act on that basis. Don’t post content that may promote, support, or glorify hatred, or misinformation.
Don’t spam. This includes unsolicited or duplicate posts or links to your website, surveys, social media, or other promotional content.
Keep it legal. Don’t engage in illegal activity or activity that infringes someone’s intellectual property, or encourage others to so either.
Messaging other members
Members may send each other direct messages using the built-in messaging system. You must request to be connected to a member before you can message them.
By using direct messages, you agree to all of the above policies. In addition, you may not send messages that are considered:
Abusive, threatening, defamatory, harassing.
Obscene or vulgar.
Unsolicited advertising or promotions.
Reporting inappropriate behaviour
CEC has built-in functionality that allows you to moderate the content and members that you see on the site.
As a member you can block other members, so they do not have to see any of their content. To do this visit the members page and click on the pink block button next to the follow and connect buttons.
Members can also report inappropriate content to be auto-hidden from them. In the members’ activity board you will find three dots at the top right corner of each post or content. If you click on this one of the options you will find is a link to report that piece of content.
When a member or a piece of content is blocked a member of the CEC team will review the piece of content or the member in question. We may contact you for more information.
On the rare occasion that someone joins the site in order to spam their services to the members we have a safeguard in place to automatically block that member from everyone. If two members block someone their profile will automatically be made inactive and they will no longer be able to login to the site or post content until their activity has been reviewed by an administrator.
If you feel that a members’ behaviour has in any way been discriminatory, threatening, abusive, or illegal please get in touch so that we can support you and make the necessary action to make sure that this doesn’t happen to any other members.
CEC does not allow members, partners, or staff to discriminate against people based on the following personal attributes (collectively, “protected groups”):
Any other characteristic protected under UK & Scottish law
When you create content for CEC resources, courses, and masterclasses you own that content. It is posted on the CEC website based on your agreement with the following:
You are soley responsible for that content. You own the necessary rights to the content and you are not violating intellectual property rights by submitting it to us
By submitting your content to the CEC website, you grant us a license to use it. We don’t claim any ownership to your content, but we have your permission to use it to help CEC function and grow. That way, we won’t infringe any rights you have in your content and we can help promote it.
You grant us a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, license to use, display, edit, modify, reproduce, publish, and prepare derivative works of your content. This allows us to publish your content on our site and promote it across our marketing channels and our other services.
CEC may ask for permission to use one of your images or videos on the CEC website. If you agree you must be clear with us about the context in which you allow us to use the content, any editing you allow us to do, and the attribution you would like us to publish.
Account canceled by you
We’d hate to see you go, but you can cancel your account with us at any time. You can access the settings for this on your account page. You can also request a download of all the data we store about you. This will be deleted from the CEC website when you delete your account, however, some information will be retained in our CRM to help us with statistical analysis.
Account canceled by us
We may cancel services
CEC reserves the right to change, suspend, or cancel any of services for you, any or all users, at any time, for any reason. We will not be liable to you for the effect that any changes to our services may have on you, including your income or your ability to generate revenue through our services.
Welcome to the Creative Entrepreneurs Club (CEC). CEC is an online community and resource hub run by The Future Economy Company.
We care about the privacy of your personal information and we believe in being as transparent as possible.
We collect and process your personal information in order to the CEC website and it’s services. If you don’t want us to collect or process your personal information in the ways described in this policy, you shouldn’t become a member.
In order to use our members-only services, you will need to submit the following personal information:
A valid email address – private
An account name
A secure password. This is encrypted, we never have access to this
A handle/nickname so that members can @mention you in the community
Your postcode. We use this to analyse the countries and regions that our members live in. This field is private
During registration, we also ask for the following information in order to learn about your needs. With the exception of the sector question, all of these fields are private
What stage are you at with your business/practice
What do you struggle with the most
What is your businesses legal structure
What business sector best fits your business/practice – visible to all members
Questions shared with the community
We ask you for some additional, optional information. This information is shared with the community but you have the option to hide any information in this section if you choose to. This can be done in your account settings under the Privacy Tab.
Here are the questions and why we ask them:
Your profile picture
Your prefered pronoun – so that monitor our committement to inclusivity
Bio – so that other members can learn about you and you can make more connections
Your professional identity – this is so that you can describe yourself in a susinct way to other members
Your company name, website address and social links – so that members can check out what you do and become customers, supporters or collaborators
Questions only visible to CEC staff
We ask for the following optional information in order to better understand our membership and how we can improve our services for them. We also use the demographic type data to monitor how well we are doing in our commitment to being inclusive in our services and the marketing of those services.
We ask if you would like to be a contriutor or mentor to other members so that we can get you have the option to get involved with the community at a deeper level
We ask you which age bracket you fall into
We ask you your position within your business
We ask how many staff you have
Other personally identifiable information linked to your profile
Purchases and bookings
If you book RSVP to an event, book an advisor appointment, sign up for a course or purchase a service from us, a record of that transaction will be linked to your account.
In addition, we collect information about your usage of our service. An example of this would be, the number of times you have logged into the community when you last logged in, etc. Read more on how we track usage and the cookies and technologies we use.
When you upload photos, post on the members board, comment and like other members’ posts, or publish resources on the CEC site, this content will be linked to your profile.
Information used to track you
Usage data is collected automatically when using our services.
Usage data may include information such as your browser type, browser version, the pages of our service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, and other diagnostic data.
When you access our services by or through a mobile device, we may collect certain information automatically, including, but not limited to, the type of mobile device you use, your mobile operating system, the type of mobile Internet browser you use, and other diagnostic data.
We may also collect information that your browser sends whenever you visit our site or when you access our service by or through a mobile device.
Tracking technologies and cookies
Web beacons. Certain sections of our services and our emails may contain small electronic files known as web beacons (also referred to as clear gifs, pixel tags, and single-pixel gifs) that permit us, for example, to count users who have visited those pages or opened an email and for other related website statistics (for example, recording the popularity of a certain section and verifying system and server integrity).
Cookies can be ‘persistent’ or ‘session’ cookies. Persistent cookies remain on your personal computer or mobile device when you go offline, while session cookies are deleted as soon as you close your web browser.
We use both session and persistent cookies for the purposes set out below:
Necessary / essential cookies
These are session cookies administered by us. They are necessary to provide you with the services available through the website and to enable you to use some of its features. They help to authenticate users and prevent fraudulent use of user accounts. Without these cookies, the services that you have asked for cannot be provided, and we only use these cookies to provide you with those services.
Notice acceptance cookies
These cookies allow us to remember choices you make, such as remembering your login details or language preference. The purpose of these cookies is to provide you with a more personal experience and to avoid you having to re-enter your preferences every time You use the Website.
When you arrive on the CEC site you are given options to approve the use of all cookies or to define which cookies you wish to accept.
How we use of your information
CEC may use your information for the following purposes:
To provide and maintain our service, including to monitor the usage of our service.
To manage your account: to manage your registration as a user of our service. The personal information you provide can give you access to different functionalities that are available to you as a registered user.
To contact you: To contact you by email, phone or other equivalent forms of electronic communication, such as a mobile application’s push notifications regarding updates or informative communications related to the functionalities, products or contracted services.
To provide you with news, special offers and general information about other goods, services and events which we offer that are similar to those that you have already purchased or enquired about unless you have opted not to receive such information.
To manage your requests: To attend and manage your requests to us.
For other purposes: We may use your information for other purposes, such as data analysis, identifying usage trends, determining the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns and to evaluate and improve our services, products, marketing and your experience.
We may share your personal information in the following situations:
With service providers: We may share your personal information with service providers to monitor and analyse the use of our services. An example of this would be information we store in our CRM or our email marketing app.
With programme partners: We may share your information with our partners to provide statistical analysis
With your consent: We may disclose your personal information for any other purpose but only with your consent.
Retention of your information
CEC will also retain usage data for internal analysis purposes. Usage data is generally retained for a shorter period of time, except when this data is used to strengthen the security or to improve the functionality of our services, or We are legally obligated to retain this data for longer time periods.
Disclosure of your information
CEC may disclose your personal information in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:
Comply with a legal obligation
Protect and defend the rights or property of CEC/The Future Economy Company
Prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with our services
Protect the personal safety of users of the service or the public
Protect against legal liability
Security of your information
The security of Your Personal Data is important to Us, but remember that no method of transmission over the internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
Links to other websites
We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third-party sites or services.